In the dating game? Finding someone attractive because of all the volunteering they do?
Science now has a reason for this.
A new study out of Canada’s University of Guelph and Nipissing University is showing that those who act in selfless ways are more attractive to potential partners. Those who give more, researchers are saying, get more.
The study found that, those who are more selfless have a greater number of sexual partners, and engage in sex more frequently.
So, those who we’ve labeled as “do-gooders” may actually not just be “giving without getting”? Perhaps.
The study authors concluded this: being selfless evolved as an important human trait, in part because it makes people into more desirable mates for reproducing.
“This study is the first to show that altruism may translate into real mating success in Western populations, that altruists have more mates than non-altruists,” said Pat Barclay, a psychology professor who worked on the study.
Are the findings equally true for both men and women? Well, not quite. Researchers said they found that being selfless and having more sex tended to equate more often for men than it did for women.
But being a giving person did have it’s sexy benefits for both genders.
Researchers interviewed around 800 people to come to their conclusions. Participants were asked to answer questions on things such as their habits in giving to charities, donating blood, helping strangers cross the street, donating winnings and helping classmates.
Even when the results were controlled for age and personality, those who were more selfless had greater success dating more people and having more sex.
Feeling frisky? Sounds like a good time to take some clothing to the nearest second-hand store, or bake some cookies for the local charity. Given our evolution, who knows what might happen next…